First Baptist Church St. Simons Island

Why Do People Run?

Why Do People Run?

1 Kings 19:11-12 says, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence.”

W hy do people run? Today as I am preparing for VBS Camp a list of things I have to do is racing through my head and in the midst of needing to get everything done I would just like to go for a run. I love to run. There is nothing better than running on a Saturday morning with Wendy and eating at Fancy Q afterward. Running clears your head, improves your health and helps you to overall feel better.

The other night while I was running on the beach I used it as a time to talk to God. Although I ended up at the place where I started, I came back different…more focused…closer to my Creator.

The lectionary text this week is one of my favorite passages. It shows Elijah, who is feeling helpless and defeated, running. In his running he encounters the Lord and is returned to Damascus changed. He now had a vision that only God could provide.

I ask that you pray with me for next week’s VBS camp. I pray that as we rush to get everything done we hear God’s voice.